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Old Jan 6, 18, 9:19 am
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NorCal
Programs: Back to AA EXP for 2018 after 1 year on worthless Plat Pro
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Originally Posted by dkc192 View Post
It's been a few months since I last flew out of LAX, but my recollection is that it is now one single priority lane for all F/J/elites--long-haul international F/EXP/Emerald and transcon F can use Flagship Check-In, but EXPs flying domestic are relegated to the same line as GLDs, etc. Some number of years ago, there used to be separate lines at LAX for international F/EXP/Emerald, J/domestic F/PLT/Sapphire, and GLD/Ruby.

I've also noticed the consolidation of priority lines at other airports. ORD used to have an international F/EXP line, and JFK used to have the same three-line set up above, among others. I agree that this is a somewhat substantial devaluation of EXP, made worse by the overall reduction in priority check-in staffing (based on anecdotal observations at LAX, ORD, and JFK, for example). The priority queue at JFK on the evening of 1/2 (a busy time with TATL and deep SA departures, in addition to all the domestic transcons) had only three agents working it, with about 10 parties in line.
I guess my question is this: Who is Group #2 ? Is this Exec Platinums?

When I was a Plat Pro last year (big wup -- not much value in it frankly), I always boarded as part of Group 3.

I get that the order looks like this:

Concierge Keys
Group 1 -- First Class and Military in Uniform
Group 2 -- I assume these are EXP?
Group 3 -- Plat Pro and "just Platinums"?
Group 4 -- Gold / other
Group 5 - 9 Everyone else -- likely by row / seat area

Is this correct?
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